How to celebrate the Continental's 80th anniversary in style.
Late last week we learned there was a very good chance Lincoln will revive the iconic suicide doors on the current Continental. Today we have our official answer. In honor of the Continental’s 80th birthday as well as paying home to the suicide doors featured on 1960s Continentals, Lincoln has revealed the 80th Anniversary Coach Door Continental. Lincoln opted not to include the ‘suicide door’ term in the limited edition model’s name for obvious reasons.
And when we say ‘limited edition,’ we really mean it because Lincoln will only build 80 examples for the 2019 model year, though more are expected for 2020. In order to accommodate the new suicide doors, Lincoln had to stretch the Continental’s wheelbase by six inches.
The added length also benefits rear seat passengers with class-leading legroom. Aside from the stretched wheelbase, this Continental begins life as a regular Black Label model before modifications are done. The completed doors can open a full 90 degrees at front and back, enabling a simple, yet, grand entrance. “People appreciate elegance and glamour,” David Woodhouse, design director at Lincoln said in the model's announcement. “And they want the easiest way to get in and out of a vehicle. These doors answer to both.”
When the vehicle senses the driver and/or passengers approaching, it lights up with the brand’s trademark sequential welcoming embrace. Stepping inside and occupants will find a unique door plaque displaying the car’s number in the limited production run. There’s also a pass-through console offering a stowable tray table with tablet holder and a wireless charging pad.
The limited edition model also comes with Lincoln’s Perfect Position seats that adjust 30 ways. All passengers, however, will appreciate Active Noise Control and a Revel Ultima Audio experience where one can select from three listening modes. Under the hood is the brand-exclusive 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 good for 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. The lucky 80 owners will also have access to Lincoln’s Black Label services, such as annual detailing, anytime carwashes, and access to a selection of high-end restaurants.
The Lincoln Continental Coach Door Edition will arrive in dealerships next summer, but neither official pricing or how allocation will work has been announced.